NEWS FROM THE MIDDLE
WILLIAMSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES - The parent-teacher conference is one of the most powerful mechanisms to build a solid parent/school relationship and improve student achievement. We know that the family is a critical piece to the success of children in school, and the parent-teacher conference is an opportunity for parents and teachers to work collaboratively to learn more about a student’s performance in school. We invite you to join us for our fall conferences and look forward to working closely with you throughout the school year.
Students will be given parent-teacher conference information to share with their parents. Conferences will be held Monday – Friday, November 27- December 1. Evening conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 29 from 6:30-8:30 PM. Please do not delay if you would like to request an evening conference as those time slots fill quickly.
If you do not receive parent-conference information from your child, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher. You may also receive information regarding parent-teacher conferences from our counseling department at 629-7444, ext. 3011 or 3029.
TOPICS TO DISCUSS AT CONFERENCES - Here are some excellent topics to discuss when you meet your child’s teachers:
• The quality of your child’s work in class
• The progress your child seems to be making
• Your child’s behavior in class
• Your child’s social interactions
• How much your child participates in the lessons
• Your child’s attitude toward school, teachers, peers
• Any special interests your child may have
• Particular concerns your child may have shared about school at home
• Personal issues that may affect classroom performance
CHALLENGE DAYS 2017 - On November 1-2, WMS will hold its 8th annual Challenge Day(s) for 7th and 8th grade students. Challenge Day is a nationally recognized program sponsored by Herff Jones that emphasizes our vision that every child should live in a world where he/she feels safe, loved, and celebrated. 100 students will participate each day after self-nomination and then being selected by teachers, administration, and counselors. Challenge Day was once again an unforgettable experience, and our students left the day energized to continue to spread the values of acceptance and good will throughout our school. From Challenge Day participants, our Be the Change Team is created.
PARENT ADVISORY BOARD - Our October Parent Advisory Board meeting, held October 25, was attended by just about 100 parents! It was wonderful to welcome back so many familiar friends and to get to know some new faces at Williamstown Middle School! We discussed new endeavors, including the inclusion of our Whitehall students at WMS, our new Exact Path program for English Language Arts, our PBSIS program, middle school sports, upcoming activities, Challenge Day, and our eighth grade events. Our next PAB meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5. I hope you can join us!
SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGES – Because of the unanticipated days off from school, the school calendar has been revised. The new calendar is posted on the district website. The change that will affect us this month is November 7, which was scheduled to be a student day off. Students will now attend school for ½ day on November 7. For WMS, the shortened day program runs from 8:10 AM – 12:44 PM. Breakfast is offered and snacks are available to purchase during your child’s scheduled lunch period. The marking period has been extended through November 17, but parent/teacher conference dates remain the same.
WMS CYCLE DATES – Please note the change in exploratory cycles due to calendar changes:
Cycle 1 – 9/7 – 10/24 Cycle 4 – 1/30 – 3/14
Cycle 2 – 10/25 – 12/6 Cycle 5 – 3/15 – 4/27
Cycle 3 – 12/7 – 1/29 Cycle 6 – 4/30 – 6/15 or TBD
WMS SUPERVISION - Parents, please note that our building closes daily at 4:30 pm. In the event that your child forgets a Chromebook, a book, homework, etc., he/she may be unable to retrieve it after 4:30. Our custodians do not have the authority to open the doors to let students or parents into the building and are unable to open classrooms unless they are authorized to do so. This is a security measure for our school. Also, when picking your child up from an after-school activity, please be prompt. We have no consistent supervision after 4:30 pm. We appreciate your efforts to support our students. Thank you so much for understanding.
STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE FIRST MARKING PERIOD REPORT CARDS IN SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22. PLEASE CONGRATULATE YOUR CHILD ON HIS/HER ACCOMPLSIHMENTS! PLEASE CALL THE GUIDANCE OFFICE AT 629-7444, EXT. 3011, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.
NOVEMBER DATES TO REMEMBER:
November 1-2 - Challenge Days
November 1 - Parent Meeting – Musical Audutions
November 7 - Shortened Day for Students (12:44 Dismissal)
November 9-10 - NJEA Convention – School Closed
November 15 - Talent Show – 7 PM
November 17 - End of Marking Period
November 22 - Shortened Day for Students (12:44 Dismissal)
November 27 – December 1 – Parent Teacher Conferences – Shortened Day for Students (12:25 Dismissal)
November 29 - Evening Conferences – 6:30 – 8:30 PM